September 06, 2009 08:30 PM by DA Southern
HGTV Design Star gets us down to the final two after tonights, â€œYour show has been cancelledâ€ utterance by Clive Pearce and if we donâ€™t see an Antonio/Lonni showdown, I will be surprised. I mean come on, is there a better overall finalist than Antonio ever inÂ HGTV Design Star history? After Danâ€™s shaky performance last week, he will have to do something awesome to make it all better with the judges, so it will be a race to the finish to see who competes against Antonio in the finale, at least in my perfect little world.
Host, Clive Pearce gathered the three remaining designers to tell them that they were headed to three of Hollywoodâ€™s stars to do a makeover for each of them. Stars, Kathy Griffin, Tiffani Thiessen and Jason Priestley each had their own ideas for the three remaining designers, Dan, Antonio and Lonni as they each look to get one step closer to having their own show onÂ HGTV.
The designers headed to meet their clients with a twenty thousand dollar budget and a mere thirty hours to perform miracles in each of the the starâ€™s homes.
Kathy Griffin immediately started in on Antonio saying she was upset he was not gay but said she thought he wanted him and she knew that he wanted her. Lonni was a bit confused with what Tiffani and her husband wanted as they were thinking eco and yet not so modern and a nursery design was in store for Dan at the Priestly home.
Dan seemed fairly confident in his ability to convert the nursery and Lonni was still struggling with the overall concept of eco and yet, not modern. Antonio had a deign that was to reflect Kathy Griffinâ€™s team concept as she was making an office space out of a room in her home, so he will not have to be as detailed in accessories as the others, but it will probably be something that sinks him if he is not careful. Progress seemed slow in the rooms, but none of the designers seemed to be concerned about the overall progress at the end of day one.
Day 2 â€“ 12 Hours Left
Day two brought designer, John Gidding fromÂ HGTV‘sÂ Design to Sell to visit Dan, Lonni and Antonio for design input for each of them. John seemed to be in tune with Antonioâ€™s design, not so much with Danâ€™s design and had a question about Lonniâ€™s color choices, but overall seemed to like the direction she was going.
Day 3 â€“ 8 Hours Left
The designers scrambled to get everything done and Lonni was having wallpaper issues that looked like it might be an issue with the time she had left. Antonioâ€™s room was looking to be the most creative of the bunch and Lonni had to make a decision about a headboard that would not go up at the end of the time allotted.
“Your Show Has Been Cancelled”
The final three lined up for who would be in the finals. First up was Dan who showcased the Priestley home and Jason didnâ€™t seem quite as excited as his wife when he saw the room. The judges seemed fairly impressed with Danâ€™s ideas and the flow of the room as well as some of the creative ideas but his overall style of his hosting was in question. Lonniâ€™s design was well received by Tifffany and her husband and the judges loved her hosting style. And the overall design. Antonioâ€™s style was totally embraced by Kathy Griffin and she was blown away by her new office space. The judges said that Antonio was the real deal as far as hosting but Vern had trouble with some of the accessorizing for the office in general. Told you that would be a problem if he wasnâ€™t careful.
The judges seemed to have some a real spirited discussion about each of the designers and, from the look of the initial discussions, Antonio looked like he might be the odd man out, which would be a shock.
The final three was about to become the final two as they filed into find who would be in the finals. Dan was first called out for his hosting; Lonniâ€™s execution of the headboard was an issue and Antonioâ€™s accessorizing was a bugaboo with the judges. In the end, Lonniâ€™s headboard issue was enough to send her home giving us an Antonio/Dan finale next week onÂ HGTV Design Star.
Photo credits: HGTV